HIV/AIDS organizations support Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and enrollment as Champions for Coverage

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During our recent webinar, Toward an AIDS-free Generation: Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment for People Living with HIV, panelists discussed ways that HIV/AIDS organizations can help reach out to and enroll individuals, particularly from communities of color, in coverage available to them through the Health Insurance Marketplace. One way for organizations to get involved, explained panelist Jeanette Contreras of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Officeof Communications, is by becoming a Champion for Coverage.

Champions for Coverage are public or private organizations that work to get the word out and educate their communities about the Marketplace.

"They share information withtheirmembers, customers, and stake-holders about the Marketplace and how to get covered and stay covered by sending e-mails, hosting stakeholder calls, and sharing information during meetings or trainings," Ms. Contreras explained. Many Champions have also hosted or provided space and resources for local Certified Application Counselor organizations, and navigators to conduct in-person enrollment events.

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